Chair - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Body: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sector: Health
Location: Various
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, IT / Digital, Major Projects, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The NICE Chair is remunerated at the standard rate of £74,000 per annum
Time Requirements: Two and a half to three days per week

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    19/08/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Chair of NICE will:

  • Lead the board in an open and positive way, representing the Institute to the health and social care communities, life sciences industry, and the public, and build on the Institute’s international status.


  • Set the tone for excellent working relationships between the Institute and key stakeholders responsible for the successful operation of the health and social care system, and supporting innovation and the UK life sciences.


  • Ensure that the Board puts policies in place to secure the effective management and development of all its staff; that it is clear about the values it holds as an organisation and communicates them effectively to the Institute’s staff and to its external partners.


  • Develop an effective partnership with the Chief Executive to lead the Institute in advising Ministers and the health, including public health, and social care communities in England on effective and cost-effective practice and in securing delivery of the Institute’s objectives.


  • Challenge and provide support for the executive directors and encourage and enable all board members to make a full contribution to the board’s affairs and to work effectively as a team.


  • Ensure that strategic and relevant operational issues, including the work of the Audit and Risk Committee are discussed by the board in a timely manner and with appropriate information to support their decisions.


  • Ensure that the board and the Institute take note of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s policies and priorities, while being mindful of their responsibility to offer independent and evidence-based advice.


  • Ensure that the board and the Institute observe the requirements of the Code of Conduct for Board members of public bodies and any other regulations and orders issued by the Secretary of State concerning the conduct of NICE.


  • Ensure that the board establishes and maintains sub-committees as required by the Regulations set out for the Institute and the operational needs of the organisation.


  • Ensure the effective induction and development of new non-executive directors and the continuous development of the Board’s capability.


  • Advise the Department of Health and Social Care on the performance of non-executive directors.


Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the following qualities, skills, and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment:

Essential Criteria

  • A sound understanding of the ambitions of and the challenges facing the health and care sector in England and the life sciences industry.


  • An ability to support innovation and command the respect of leaders in the health and social care communities and the life sciences sector.


  • A clear vision for the way evidence-based practice can be applied to improve the quality, effectiveness, safety and efficiency of health, public health and social care, together with an appreciation of the methods and processes used in the development of evidence-based health and social care practice guidance.


  • An effective public communicator with experience of engaging diverse audiences in high-profile and sensitive issues, demonstrating the ability to command public confidence and support for the difficult decisions that NICE makes.


  • A commitment to ensure that the patient and public voice is effectively and openly represented in NICE’s work.


Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in clinical or public health practice.


Additional Information


Message from Sir David Haslam, Chair, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

“A day never goes by when NICE isn’t in the news. With responsibilities stretching right across the whole of health and social care, and with interested stakeholders including clinicians, industry, social care professionals, patients, people who use services, and the wider public – being chair of NICE requires an almost uniquely broad view. Chairing an organisation with a world-wide reputation for excellence is constantly fascinating and stimulating. It is a real honour to work here.”

Sir David Haslam.

National Institute of Health and Care Excellence Role and Responsibilities

NICE was set up in April 1999 as a Special Health Authority. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 established NICE as an England only Executive Non-Departmental Public Body from 1 April 2013 and extended its remit to adults’ and children’s social care. Through its robust, evidence-based advice and guidance, NICE has a key part in supporting the health and care system in driving greater efficiency and quality improvement. It also has a key role in supporting the ambitions of the life sciences industrial strategy, innovation and developments in the digital sphere that affect health and care.

NICE works closely with other organisations in the health and care system. This includes DHSC, NHS England, Public Health England, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, NHS Improvement, NHS Digital, the Care Quality Commission, Health Education England, the National Institute for Health Research, local NHS bodies and local authorities. In addition, NICE maintains strong links with the life sciences industry, academia, the third sector and the international community.

NICE operates a range of programmes generating guidance and advice for the NHS, social care, and the wider public health community, including clinical guidelines, interventional procedures guidance, public health and social care guidance, quality standards and technology appraisals for pharmaceuticals and other medical technologies. These programmes are supported by implementation support materials and activities, and are complemented by Evidence Services, an on-line evidence resource for all health and social care professionals. NICE provides the British National Formulary and a range of advice and support on the effective use of medicines.

For further information on what NICE does and how it works, please visit:

NICE hold six Board meetings per year. They are open to the public and held in different locations across the country. More information can be found at:

The next planned board meetings are:

  • Northampton Guild Hall 17 July 2019
  • Sheffield Town Hall 18 September 2019
  • Great Ormand Street Hospital, London 20 November 2019


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